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The magnificent Borobudur Temple

30 November 2012

Categories : Travelings - Culture and Heritage - Sightseeing

The magnificent Borobudur Temple

High on a mountain in central Java, Borobudur Temple rises up towards the sky. In Buddhist belief, the closer you are to Heaven, the closer you are to the gods. And as you climb the steps of the temple, the jungle landscape of Indonesia revealing itself in every direction, you can understand how the people who built this masterpiece felt more connected to the ethereal than the earthly. Borobudur was built in the eighth and ninth centuries but, at some point in...

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Mount Bromo and the Sand Sea

3 December 2012

Categories : Travelings - Adventure - Hiking, Trekking, and Eco - Sightseeing

Mount Bromo and the Sand Sea

There aren’t many reasons tourists take the road south from Surabaya. But there's certainly a very good one. It's because the city is the staging point for the 120 kilometre journey down East Java to one of Indonesia’s most beautiful natural attractions. I’m talking about Mount Bromo, the active volcano that lies in the middle of a large valley. With its top blown off, it appears more crater than mountain, while putrid sulphurous gas and smoke...

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Face to Face with the Komodo Dragon

3 December 2012

Categories : Travelings - Adventure - Hiking, Trekking, and Eco - Sightseeing

Face to Face with the Komodo Dragon

Without a doubt, the Orangutan along with the Komodo dragon represents the wildlife highlights of Indonesia. They are unique to this geography. If you want to see them in their native habitat, you have to get on a plane (or boat) and travel here. That’s part of what makes a trip to Indonesia so rewarding. On paper, the Komodo dragon wowed me with its impressive traits. In real life, the Komodo captivated, entranced, and even frightened me. Basic Facts about...

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Tag : Komodo National Park, The romantic Pink Beach of the Komodo Islands , The Underwater Paradise at Komodo National Park

The Beauty of Yogyakarta

5 December 2012

Categories : Travelings - Culture and Heritage - Sightseeing

The Beauty of Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta is the second most popular destination after Bali in Indonesia. Also known as Jogjakarta, the beautiful city never fails to amaze with its old world charm and natural beauty. Steep in history, Yogya is the centre of Javanese art and culture, the cradle of civilization on Java where a few world heritage sites are located in the city and surroundings. It is the gateway to one of the world wonders – Borobudur Temple, Prambanan Temple and...

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Watching the Sunrise from Borobudur Temple

7 December 2012

Categories : Sightseeing - Travelings - Culture and Heritage

Watching the Sunrise from Borobudur Temple

Approaching the stone steps of Borobudur Temple in the pre-dawn hours, the sky slowly began to lighten, revealing a blanket of grey clouds. Getting up at 4 AM was no longer about seeing a multi-colored sky, but experiencing one of Indonesia’s greatest cultural landmarks with as few people as possible. Borobudur Temple is the world’s largest Buddhist monument, its construction dating back to the 8th and 9th centuries (300 years before Cambodia’s...

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